Karnes promoted to chief curator at the Modern Art Museum


Andrea Karnes has been promoted to Chief Curator of Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art.

Director Marla Price announced the promotion on November 17.

Karnes has been with the Museum team since the beginning of her career in the early 1990s. She has accumulated a record of critically acclaimed exhibitions and acquisitions. As Head of the Curatorial Department, she will lead Modern’s exhibition program, organize special exhibitions, coordinate with guest curators, direct acquisitions, and oversee the installation of the Museum’s famous permanent collection.

“Andrea is dedicated to this museum and our curatorial goal of increasing diversity and expanding the narrative of exhibits and acquisitions. She will continue to introduce new artists to our community, ”said Price.

Karnes’ current project is an exploration of women painters who choose women as their main subject. Women Painting Women will premiere from May 15 to September 25, 2022. International in scope, the show is a five-decade look at some of the most intriguing painted images of women in the world today.

In 2018, Karnes organized a 40-year survey of the works of artist Laurie Simmons, Laurie Simmons: Big Camera / Small Camera, who visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The exhibit examined Simmons’ observations throughout her career on prescribed gender roles, particularly exploring American women in domestic contexts. In 2016, Karnes organized KAWS: WHERE THE END BEGINS, who broke Modern attendance records to date before heading to the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. México Inside Out: Themes in art since 1990, presented in 2013-2014, was an international and multigenerational group presentation exploring contemporary Mexican art in relation to global conceptualism.

The exhibition Hubbard / Birchler: No place to answer, presented in 2009, showcased the collaborative photographic and video work of the American-Swiss team Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, whose work was most recently presented in the Swiss pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. In 2007, Karnes organized Pretty baby, a group exhibition that included the works of thirteen artists who tackled the subject of childhood, from innocent reverie to the dark side. In 2005, she organized Pierre Huyghe: One Million + Kingdoms, and in 2004, Julie Bozzi: Landscapes.

As curator of the Modern’s FOCUS series from 2005 to 2015, Karnes organized thirty solo exhibitions by international artists working in various media. The FOCUS exhibitions featured the work of Jeff Elrod, Teresita Fernández, KAWS, Vera Lutter, Barry McGee, Cornelia Parker, Erik Parker, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Gary Simmons, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kehinde Wiley, among others.

Karnes was instrumental in Modern’s acquisition program for the permanent collection. On his recommendation, the Museum acquired works by Thornton Dial, Teresita Fernández, Jack Goldstein, Jammie Holmes, KAWS, Ragnar Kjartansson, Vera Lutter, Teresa Margolles, Eddie Martinez, Takashi Murakami, Wangechi Mutu, Shirin Neshat, Yoshua Okón, Laurie Simmons, Melanie Smith, Banks Violette, Kehinde Wiley and Xu Zhen.


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